Balsam Range Honored with IBMA Entertainer of the Year Award
Buddy Melton Awarded Male Vocalist of the Year
Tim Surrett Awarded Bass Player of the Year
NC (October 2, 2018) – Balsam Range was honored with the “Entertainer
of the Year” Award at the 29th Annual International Bluegrass Music
Awards held in Raleigh last week. The western North Carolina-based group
previously won this award in 2014. Band memberBuddy Melton(fiddle, lead and tenor vocals) took home the 2018 IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year Award andTim Surrett(bass, dobro, baritone & lead vocals) won the Bass Player of the Year Award. The award-winning group also featuresDarren Nicholson(mandolin, octave mandolin, lead vocals, baritone and low tenor vocals),Dr. Marc Pruett(banjo), andCaleb Smith(guitar, lead & baritone vocals).
week, Balsam Range performed as part of “The TRUST” set at The Red Hat
Amphitheater which coincided with the new album titledCome See About Me: A Benefit for the IBMA Trust Fund, a collection of songs chosen specifically for this project.
Range has received over a dozen other International Bluegrass Music
Association Awards including the 2017 IBMA Album of the Year Award forMountain Voodooreleased on the Mountain Home Music Company label.
Earlier this year the label released the band’s latest albumMountain Overturethat transforms Balsam Range’s most-loved songs from their first decade
of recordings and features the Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble. The
band also has two new singles: “Hobo Blues” and “The Girl That Invented The Wheel” that includes an entertaining musicvideo.
Range leaves audiences spellbound while headlining major festivals from
coast to coast, selling out venues and appearing multiple times at the
Grand Ole Opry. Remaining 2018 tour dates include:
· Oct 5 – Huck Finn Jubilee, Ontario, CA
· Oct 11 – Music on the Town, Dandridge, TN
· Oct 21 – Festival of Mountain Music, Kiawah Island, SC
· Nov 3 – Roy Chapman and Joe Byers Memorial Bluegrass Bash, Rosman, NC
· Nov 17 – Historic Earle Theater, Mount Airy, NC
· Nov 30 – Balsam Range Art of Music Festival, Lake Junaluska, NC